There are approximately 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss. Some hearing loss is degenerative. However, others have conditions which develop through their occupation. Kent workplace noise surveys are essential for organisations committed to protecting their employees hearing. You do not want to be responsible for damaging your employee’s health in anyway. This includes their hearing. Many workplaces are noisy. This noise may be necessary for operations but there are legal requirements for employers to minimise their workers exposure to noise.

Control of Noise at Work

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 makes it the employer’s responsibility to manage noise exposure levels in the workplace. Levels must be reduced to meet current exposure limits and employers must also conduct health surveillance to ensure their employees are not negatively impacted by excess noise.

The Noise Regulations are in place to protect your workers’ hearing and ensure the workplace does not cause any hearing damage. The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is now 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure).

Noise Assessment and Surveys

Regular noise assessment surveys help to ensure your workplace is meeting current guidelines. You should ensure noise surveys take place at least every two years and also if the regulations or current protection zone changes. A full survey involves measuring noise across all areas of the workplace.

Professionals can help carry out noise surveys for your Kent business. Noise level measurements are collected and then you can see if you are meeting current guidelines. Once you know the results it is possible to take the right course of action. In many instances, no change is needed while some businesses will find they need to provide hearing protection. Sometimes this will be optional and in other places it may be mandatory to protect employees’ hearing.

Kent Workplace Noise Surveys with Risk Safety Services

Our experienced consultants can work with you to tailor noise surveys to your business needs. We can fully tailor noise assessments to your workplace and help to ensure you have the correct measures in place. All assessments we provide are compliant with the HSE guidance for employers. We also ensure every assessment is carried out by a competent and qualified noise specialist. Commonly, noise assessments take between one and two days to carry out and complete, depending on the size of your organisation and scope of noise.

For more information and to organise a noise survey for your Kent business, contact us today.

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